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Travel Weekly is proud to announce that Mindy Gilbert of My Vacation Lady was selected from among hundreds of applicants to attend the third-annual Global Travel Marketplace  (GTM), which took place at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, June 28-30, 2015. GTM is a three-day appointment-only event for top-producing travel agents in North America and leading cruise, hotel, tour and destination suppliers seeking to conduct business face-to-face.

GTM name tagOut of the over 800 applications received, only 110 North American travel agents were selected to participate.  The criteria was rigid, where the agent had to produce a minimum set amount of sales , have references from trusted travel vendors and complete an interview.  One hundred and seventy suppliers engaged with travel agents though a variety of one-on-one pre-scheduled meetings, exclusive boardrooms and networking events.

“The agents who attended this event are the cream of the crop. The expertise and experience they offer their clients is second to none, and is undoubtedly enhanced as a result of attending the event,” said Alicia Evanko-Lewis, Senior Vice President of Events, Travel Group, Northstar Travel Media. “GTM provided the platform for these key travel industry professionals to network with and be part of a collaborative and like-minded community of agents and global suppliers who all have the same goal: To build and grow their business.”

We met with 60 different hand picked suppliers over the course of 3 days.  Some of the vendors that we met with were hoteliers, such as:

  • Excellence Resorts
  • AM Resorts
  • Playa Resorts
  • Palace Resorts
  • Sheraton
  • Marriott and more

We met with cruise line representatives including:

  • The Vice President of Celebrity Cruises
  • Representatives from Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Holland America, Avalon River Cruise, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn and Emerald River Cruises

We met with Tourist Board Representatives from:

  • Hawaii
  • St Lucia
  • Bermuda
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Dubai
  • South Africa
  • Alberta, Canada
  • Norfolk , Virginia
  • Ireland
  • Riviera Nayarit

We met with Travel Suppliers such as:

  • Globus
  • G Adventures
  • Intrepid Travel
  • Shore Trips
  • Go Go
  • Travel Impressions
  • Funjet
  • Apple Vacations
  • Exclusive Group Travel
  • Collette Tours
  • Perillo Tours

and so many more.

This was a very intense 3 day program that will enable My Vacation Lady to help our clients to an even higher level of service, with even more direct contacts in the travel world.